Leading Your Church to Invest in Your Community

A balanced ministry will invest in the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of your community.

November 9, 2017
August 21, 2021
November 9, 2017
August 21, 2021

Three Characteristics of Community Investment:1. Biblical – most important 2. Practical – must be hands-on 3. Relevant – know your context and meet people where they are

1. Biblical o Ephesians 4:11-12 - You are being trained to lead others. Pour into others. o Jeremiah 29:7 - Be salt and light to your community. Slow down the destruction that sin causes in your community. o Matthew 5:13-16 o Matthew 22:36-40 o Matthew 28:18-20 o Romans 12:18 - Pray for your leaders and live in peace with others. o 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Leadership should reinforce the biblical foundation of City Investment in every aspect of the church’s ministry.

2. Practical o Evaluate your resources. - **God is not limited by our resources, but be smart and know what you have available. o People o Materials – think outside the box o Budget - don’t let it limit your dreaming o Know your people – success builds success – give responsibilities appropriately. o Skills oStrengths oWeaknesses

Try to create a balance between struggle and success. This is where growth occurs.

o Choose your partners (you are not able to meet every practical need): o Churches – like faith, like minded o Para-church organizations o Civic organizations

Ask the partner, 'what needs do you have?'

o Relief vs. Development – relief lifts an immediate burden; development is empowering for future change.

A balanced ministry will invest in the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of your community.

3. Relevant o Know your city. Research demographics. Know the area around your church as well as the larger metro area. o Know the culture. The culture in the church and the city are often very different. o Know the community leaders. Work to build their trust. Take the time to build relationships to accomplish the goals together. o Do not make assumptions. Don’t feed the misconceptions. Don’t assume you know what the problem is and that you have the answers. o “Your perception of me may not be my reality.”

Be willing to make long-term investments! • Learn to give ministry away to be more effective. • Use your influence where you are to create a culture of serving out in the community. • Center Church by Tim Keller

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